Car dealer to go the extra mile

Local car dealer, Paul Barkshire, is running the London Marathon this year to raise money for Childr

Local car dealer, Paul Barkshire, is running the London Marathon this year to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. Picture: Courtesy of Lings Honda - Credit: Archant

A car dealer and complete newcomer to running will be going the extra mile later this month to boost a worthy cause.

Paul Barkshire, director at Lings Honda in Lowestoft, will be running the London Marathon on April 23, aiming to raise £10,000 for Children with Cancer UK.

The 54 year-old did not originally relish the thought of running – but now he is regularly spotted running around his hometown of Attleborough and has entered several official smaller races as he prepares for the 26-mile marathon.

Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children's charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer.

Mr Barkshire said: 'It's an amazing charity that I'm so proud to have been chosen to represent. We all have personal stories of both the young and old being affected by this awful illness and as a parent, and now a grandparent, you can't help but be moved and touched by the stories of resilience and love from beneficiaries of the charity.

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'It is a big fund-raising target I'm aiming for but this will make a huge difference. Any amount, no matter how small, will mean the world to me personally and to the charity. Together, I know we can smash the target and then it's just down to on me to deliver on the running!'

You can sponsor Mr Barkshire via Alternatively, you can visit him at Lings Honda on Riverside Road, Lowestoft and pledge support.

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